Yesterday (9/19/22), I received news that Arctic Cat legend (and friend), Donn Eide, had passed away, and that makes me and many others who knew and worked with Donn, pretty sad today. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to Donn’s family. He was one of the greats and will be dearly missed. I’m thankful our paths crossed in life as he was someone I truly admired and respected. -Kale
Donn Craig Eide, 71, beloved Father and Grandfather of Bemidji, Minnesota passed away with his family by his side on Monday, September 19, 2022, at Gulf Coast Medical Center, Fort Myers, Florida.
Donn was born on November 10, 1950, in Warren, Minnesota, the son of Wilbert and Esther (Brodahl) Eide. He grew up in Oslo, Minnesota where he was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church. He graduated from Oslo High School in 1968. He entered the Air National Guard in 1970 and was honorably discharged in 1976. In 1969, his passion for snowmobiles started his 49-year career at Arctic Cat, Inc in Thief River Falls, MN. After retirement, Donn became a Snowbird residing in Crystal Lakes retirement community in Fort Myers, Florida while spending the summer months at his lake home in Bemidji, MN.
Donn’s greatest joy was his family and believed they were his true wealth in life. He enjoyed traveling, taking his grandkids to the beach, hunting, and deep sea fishing. He loved to tinker with projects including lawn work, fixing engines, and helping his kids with their home projects. He loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, traveling with his family, hosting his traditional Fourth of July celebration and he was a true Minnesota sports fan.
He is survived by his sons, Christopher (Luanne) Eide of Donna, TX and Darren (Chrissy) Eide of Wyoming, MN and daughter, Trisha (Steve Jung) Finney of Anoka, MN; siblings, Ron Eide of McAllen, TX, and Colleen (Doug) Anderson of Oslo, MN; grandchildren, Emma and Cora Rehnberg, Ivana Rouland and Ian Finney; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews; his four-legged hunting companion, Bristol Belle; and the mother of his children, Diane (Ed) Kaiser.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Terry Eide; sister-in-law, Opal Eide; nephew, James Troy; and great nephew, Wyatt Feltman.
Saturday, October 08, 2022, 11AM – NOON
Redeemer Lutheran Church 1300 Nora Street East Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701